Karen Harned

Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center
Karen Harned

Karen Harned serves as Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, a post she has held since April 2002.  Prior to joining the Legal Center, Ms. Harned was an attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in food and drug law, where she represented several small and large businesses and their respective trade associations before Congress and federal agencies.  She also served as Assistant Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma from August of 1989 to March of 1993.  Ms. Harned received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and her J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1995.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

As Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Ms. Harned comments regularly on small business cases before federal and state courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.  She has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC, as well as National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and radio outlets across the country.  Her opinion editorials and articles regarding healthcare, lawsuit abuse, regulation, and other issues important to small business have been published in newspapers and other publications nationwide.

Ms. Harned has testified before Congress on the small business impact of regulation and the civil justice system.  Additionally, she has conducted numerous webinars and legal compliance seminars for small business owners across the country on issues relating to employment law, including unionization and immigration. 

  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1989
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1995

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Publications and Multimedia
Persuader Rule Update - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
July 12, 2017
Courthouse Steps: BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 07, 2017
McLane Co. v. EEOC - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-30-17 featuring Karen Harned
March 30, 2017
Courthouse Steps: McLane v. EEOC - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
February 23, 2017
EPA, Climate Change, & the Supreme Court
Short video featuring Karen Harned
February 16, 2016
Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-11-16 featuring Karen Harned
February 11, 2016
On Again, Off Again - Class Actions and Donning and Doffing: Tysons v. Bouaphakeo - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
November 17, 2015
Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-18-14 featuring Karen Harned
December 18, 2014
The Minimum Wage - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 14, 2014
Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast10-27-14 - featuring Karen Harned
October 27, 2014
Employee Security Screening: The Supreme Court to Decide Who Pays - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
October 27, 2014
Who Determines Agency Jurisdiction?: City of Arlington v. FCC - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
February 25, 2013
Florida Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare: It All Comes Down to Broccoli
Engage Volume 12, Issue 3, November 2011
January 11, 2012
Resurrect Rule 11
March 20, 2008